Cancer survivor Yuvraj ‘positive’ about comeback

By AFP
Published: April 11, 2012

India's World Cup hero says it will be a big achievement if he can play for India again. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

NEW DELHI: India’s World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday vowed to return to cricket after recovering from a cancerous tumour, but was unable to set a timeline for his comeback.

“I want to see the Team India logo on my cap again,” Yuvraj, 30, told a media conference after his return from the United States where he underwent chemotherapy treatment for a rare germ-cell tumour between his lungs.

“It will be a big achievement if I can play for India again. But it won’t be easy and will take time. I can’t say when I will return to the field.

“At this stage, it is more important for me to focus on my priority, and that is to get fit and stay healthy. But I am positive that I will play cricket again.”

Yuvraj, a left-handed all-rounder who was named the man of the tournament after India’s World Cup triumph in April last year, said he found it tough to watch cricket on TV during his treatment.

“I tried not to watch,” he said. “It was so frustrating to sit before the TV and watch India play. It was painful to see that I was not on the field.

“But my family and friends helped me overcome what has been most difficult period of my life. It was so hard to believe that I had cancer, that an athlete like me could have cancer.

“I felt breathless and even spat blood sometimes. But I thought it will go away. It really hit me hard when I was told that I was suffering from cancer.”

Thousands of well-wishers, politicians, team-mates and other sports personalities, including US cycling great Lance Armstrong, had sent messages of support to Yuvraj during his treatment.

“People like Armstrong are such an inspiration,” Yuvraj said of the cyclist who overcame testicular cancer to win the Tour de France seven times.

Delhi-based oncologist Nitesh Rohatgi, who was part of the medical team treating Yuvraj, said the chemotherapy treatment had been successful and there was only a “3-4 percent” chance of a relapse.

“I can confirm the response from the chemotherapy has been very good,” Rohatgi said at the same media conference. “He should be able to do light training in a few weeks.

“A lot will depend on his physical and mental strength if he is to make a serious comeback.”

Yuvraj, known for his hard and clean hitting and tidy spin bowling, scored 362 runs and bagged 15 wickets in nine World Cup matches to play a key role in India’s triumph at the event.

The all-rounder has not played competitive cricket since taking part in two home Tests against the West Indies in November.

Yuvraj has scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • JaySabir
    Apr 11, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Watching him batting is treat to watch. Wish him speedy recovery and comeback in International Cricket. Same wish goes for Fabrice Muamba for EPL comeback.
    From Pakistan.

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  • Ali
    Apr 11, 2012 - 7:18PM

    Get well soon mate!

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  • PhD_Norway
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:21PM

    Get well soon dude, We Pakistanis missing you and praying for your health.

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  • Shaheer Malik
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:56AM

    We here in Pakistan pray for early recovery of Yuvraj

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  • Sana
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Get well soon Yuvraj! Wishing you a speedy recovery. With so much strength in your difficult time and a desire to come back after recovery, you certainly would be an inspiration for everyone. Wishing you good health and best wishes for the remaining treatment.

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  • Ashfaque Ali
    Apr 12, 2012 - 1:06PM

    Glad to see your back dear.Anshalla soon you will play.

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  • maestro
    Apr 12, 2012 - 7:20PM

    Glad to see you recovering and hope to see you soon on the field. With best wishes and love from Pakistan.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Apr 13, 2012 - 12:58AM

    One of the finest, gutsy and brave all rounder India has produced. Bollywood should make a film as an inspiration to other cancer stricken patients. Fight cancer the Yuvraj way. I AM SURE HE WILL BOUNCE BACK. Best of luck.

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  • bharat
    Apr 13, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Its lovely to hear the good wishes from Pakistani friends.

    Many thanks to our Pakistani brothers for there comments and good wishes.

    May God give Pakistan all success

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